Overview

This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition long-term retention of advanced cardiac life support skills
Treatments standard simulation based acls refresher teaching, cognitive aid based acls refresher training
Sponsor Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Collaborator The Academy for Innovation in Medical Education
Start date July 2012
End date March 2016
Trial size 66 participants
Trial identifier NCT01646372, OHRI-20120006

Summary

The purpose of this study is to investigate whether formal instruction on the use of cognitive aids in managing a crisis will result in better longterm retention of knowledge and skills. In particular, this study examines the impact of cognitive aid teaching on the Advanced Cardiac Life Support course.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking double blind (subject, outcomes assessor)
Arm
(Active Comparator)
This group gets a simulation based ACLS refresher as treatment, but no access to cognitive aids for any of the tests.
standard simulation based acls refresher teaching
45min-1 hour time. 15 minutes didactic review of 2010 ACLS guidelines followed by practice simulated megacodes
(Active Comparator)
This group receives a standard Simulation based ACLS refresher as the intervention, like the control group. No mention is made of Cognitive Aids in the teaching, but they are available during the post-test and retention post-test.
standard simulation based acls refresher teaching
45min-1 hour time. 15 minutes didactic review of 2010 ACLS guidelines followed by practice simulated megacodes
(Experimental)
This group receives Cognitive Aid based teaching as the intervention. They also have access to cognitive aids for post-test and retention post-test
cognitive aid based acls refresher training
45min-1 hour time. 15 minutes didactic review of 2010 ACLS guidelines followed by simulated ACLS megacode practice focused on the use of Cognitive Aids to guide management.

Primary Outcomes

Measure
ACLS Megacode Examination Scale Score
time frame: 6 months

Secondary Outcomes

Measure
Anesthesia Non-Technical Skills Scale (ANTS)
time frame: 6 Months

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants of any age.

Inclusion Criteria: - Post-graduate Medical trainee in departments of Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine - Has taken ACLS Course at least once Exclusion Criteria: - Never taken ACLS Course

Additional Information

Official title Does Instruction on Cognitive Aid Use Improve Performance and Retention of Skills? A Simulation Based Randomized Controlled Trial
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in May 2015.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.